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Delightful 4 bedroom character property with a modern and stylish interior

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Characterful 4 bedroom/2 bathroom cottage renovated to offer modern day comforts

Leys View Cottage is a delightful traditional Cotswold stone property located in the beautiful village of Lower Swell which is only a mile from the famous market town of Stow on the Wold. Beautifully presented throughout following an extensive renovation, this 4 bedroom/2 bathroom property has all the character and charm of a traditional Cotswold home accompanied by a modern and stylish interior.

Located only a 2 minute walk to the centre of the village, Leys View Cottage looks out over open fields to both the front and rear and is only 200 metres to the highly regarded local pub, the Golden Ball, which has a great reputation for good food and locally brewed ales. Lower Swell is a delightful village that is characterised by its plethora of beautiful traditional Cotswold stone properties and offers guests at Leys View the opportunity to enjoy country walks directly from the cottage. Situated only one mile away from the bustling town of Stow on the Wold the cottage offers a perfect central base from which to explore the Cotswolds.

Dating back to approximately 1595, the cottage has undergone an extensive renovation in 2016 and now offers the traditional features of log burners, beams and stone mullion windows married with a contemporary kitchen and newly fitted bathrooms. The property now boasts 4 bedrooms, 2 bath/shower rooms and 2 reception rooms. The cottage is newly furnished throughout with high quality fixtures and fittings offering a modern and contemporary twist that complement a wealth of period features including log burning stoves in the sitting room and the entrance nook, beams throughout and a magnificent vaulted ceiling with exposed beams in the master bedroom. There is a good size private garden with a paved patio area and a small lawn on the upper level that looks out over the stone wall to open countryside beyond.


The house sleeps a maximum of 8 people in 4 bedrooms. On entry you come in to the entrance nook with its traditional wood floor, log burning stove in the chimney recess and two armchairs making it the perfect spot to read a book or enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple in front of the fire. Leading off the entrance nook, all located on the ground floor, are the sitting room which looks out to the front of the property, the kitchen/diner which looks out to the garden at the rear, the main family bathroom and the stairs to the first floor (please note that the stairs are quite steep in keeping with a property of this era. If any guests have restricted mobility please do enquire beforehand to ensure that access will not be a problem).

On the first floor is the Master bedroom with vaulted ceiling and traditional stone mullion window that overlooks the fields beyond. There are 3 further bedrooms on the first floor – one double and two twins - along with a contemporary shower room that was newly fitted in 2016.

To the front of the property is a small, pretty cottage garden bordered by a traditional Cotswold stone wall. To the rear there are 7 steps from the bi-folding doors in the kitchen leading up to paved patio with a dining set for 6 people. During the summer months a gas barbecue is available. Stepping up two steps from the patio there is a small lawned area with a Cotswold stone wall to the rear overlooking open countryside. The garden has a number of borders that are well stocked and laid out in a cottage style.

Parking is located directly opposite the house to the front in parking bays that are shared with neighbouring properties. Parking is unallocated so it is on a first come, first served basis. Please note that parking is on the other side of the road to the property so please do take care when crossing the road especially with children.

Entering the property you come into a hallway with a wood floor leading to the following rooms on the ground floor:-

Sitting Room:- Overlooking the front of the property with one three seater sofa, one two seater sofa and two armchairs, coffee table, a traditional stone fireplace with log burning stove, gorgeous stone mullion window, flat screen TV and DVD player.

Kitchen/Diner:- Stylish modern kitchen with solid wood cabinets, stone worktops and bi-folding doors opening the house out to the garden during the spring and summer months. Large range cooker with 6 burner electric hob and two ovens, dishwasher, two fridges, freezer, kettle, toaster, microwave and equipped with all crockery, cutlery, pans and cooking utensils.

The open plan dining area has built in wooden benches to two sides of the table and four dining chairs providing dining for up to 8 people. There is a wall mounted flat screen TV.

Family Bathroom – Contemporary modern white suite and slate floor fitted in 2016. Bath with shower over, toilet, sink and storage cupboard housing the water tank.

Stairs leading to first floor with the following rooms:-

Master Bedroom:- Double bed with built in wardrobes. This bedroom has a magnificent vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a traditional stone mullion window overlooking the road and open countryside to the front of the property

Bedroom 2:- Double bed with traditional style hooks for clothes hangers

Bedroom 3:- Twins bed with built in wardrobe overlooking the garden and open country side the rear

Bedroom 4:- Twins bed with built in wardrobe overlooking the garden and open country side the rear

Shower room:- Walk in shower, basin and toilet. This room was renovated in 2016 with a brand new shower, toilet and basin


Wifi:– free Wifi/internet access is provided

Mobile phone service:- the property generally receives a good signal and has a good mobile reception but please be aware that signal coverage may vary depending upon which mobile network you are with

Linen:- bed linen and towels are included

Heating:- the property is heated throughout with oil fuelled central heating. There are log burning stoves in the sitting room and entrance nook for which two baskets of logs will be provided. Additional logs can be purchased but please ask in advance to ensure they are there in time for your stay.

Pets:- we regret that there is a strict no pets policy at this property

Smoking:- there is a strict no smoking policy throughout the property

Children’s Equipment:- a high chair and cot are provided but please note that we do not supply bedding for the cot so guests should make provision and pack their own.

Smoke/CO detectors:- there are smoke/heat detectors located throughout the property and a CO detector in the sitting room. These operate on a sound only basis and those of hard of hearing should be aware that they may not hear them without their necessary personal hearing device

Access:- entry is via a key located in a key safe. The code will be provided to you shortly prior to your stay

Friday and Saturday - minimum 2 night stay

Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 3 nights for the same price as Friday and Saturday

Monday to Thursday - minimum 3 nights stay

One week stay - changeover day is either Monday or Friday

If you wish to book a stay that is not covered by our standard booking tariff please contact us directly to discuss.

More Details

Michael Curtis
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Michael Curtis

Michael owns and runs a boutique Cotswold holiday lettings agency and is delighted to have recently added Leys View Cottage to his portfolio. Launched in 2016, Leys View Cottage offers the perfect venue for family and friends as their Cotswold escape.

Michael Curtis purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Michael Curtis chose Lower Swell

Leys View Cottage is located in the gorgeous, quaint village of Lower Swell with its highy regarded pub, the Golden Ball. Offering a village location but only a mile away from the thriving town of Stow on the Wold.

The property underwent a major renovation in 2016 that included a new bathroom, new shower room, the installation of a traditional stone patio and was fully decorated throughout so whilst the property has all the character one would expect of a house dating back hundreds of years it also offers guests all of the modern day comforts that they have come to expect.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent three wonderful days at Leys View Cottage. A beautifully presented property where every inch of space is used effectively with style and comfort very much in mind. Lovely views to the rear, good parking and the log burners light up almost instantly when properly laid. Everything we needed was supplied and the beds were very comfortable. We will certainly be back again soon.
Oct 2016
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Lower Swell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on the ground floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Located on the first floor
  • The property has two bath/shower rooms. The main family bathroom is located on the ground floor and has a toilet, basin and bath with overhead power shower. The shower room is located on the first floor and has a walk in shower with power shower, toilet and basin. Both rooms were fully refitted in 2016 in contemporary white styles.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Burford: 11 m Chipping Norton: 5.7 m Broadway: 13m Chipping campden: 10m Chipping Norton: 10.5m


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Delightful 4 bedroom character property with a modern and stylish interior
average rating of 4.9375 based on 17 reviews
Ave Maria, FLORIDA

Outstanding property

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from a week's stay at Ley's View Cottage. There were 8 of us --3 adults (myself, my wife, and my 80-year-old mother) and 5 children (ages 15-4). The property was perfect. The building had a lot of character (built hundreds of years ago) while the interior was very nicely updated: The kitchen was great; nice washer and dryer unit; great mattresses; super garden in back. There was plenty of space for all of us. We adored it.

Lower Swell was also perfect for us. We loved the local pub (Anna, the owner, was extremely nice) and we soon felt like we belonged. We visited the pub a lot. We were an easy 1-mile (uphill) walk to Stow on the Wold. S.O.T.W had everything and was very, very nice.

I am a runner and I ran all around the area (Burton on the Water, Stow, Upper Swell, etc.).

We had a van (parking was easy) and we drove extensively around the Cotswolds. It couldn't have been better.

Michael, the owner, was easy to reach and he was a very nice person. There was an amazing welcome package in the house.

This is an honest "five-star rating".

-Daniel, Florida USA

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Great property

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful character superbly renovated old home. Owner great to deal with. Hppe to visit again

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Really nice house well equipped and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Good location close to Stow and all the Cotswold attractions generous welcome pack Lovely garden with great views

  • Submitted: May 27, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My friends and I (6 in total) spent 3 days at this delightful cottage. We were celebrating a 60th birthday. The cottage was of an extremely high standard and a perfect place as a base to explore the Cotswolds. I would thoroughly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Clean, Comfortable and Well Equipment

  • 4 of 5

We had a great weekend at Leys Cottage, there were 4 adults and 2 children, the house was perfect for us. Really cosy and warm and perfectly furnished, its in a great location to explore the local attractions and go for local walks. The host was really attentive to emails and left a lovely welcome pack of items on arrival. Lovely weekend had by all, highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Lovely cottage, would recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at this cottage. There were seven adults staying for a weekend and the house was perfect for us. It was really nicely decorated with lovely log burners and was very warm. It was perfect for a winter weekend away. I would recommend this property and would definitely stay there again.

The kitchen was well equipped and had everything we needed to cook for the weekend. All the rooms were very comfortable and they looked exactly as they do in the photos. It was just a short walk into Stow to visit the shops and pubs there.

Thanks for a lovely stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


The nearest international airports are:-

Birmingham International approximately 50 miles away (approx. 1 hour drive)

Heathrow Airport approximately 75 miles away (approx. 80-90 mins drive)

Train - the nearest station is at Kingham approximately 8 miles away

Car - a car is not required in Lower Swell itself but if you are planning to explore the surrounding towns and villages or the wider Cotswold region a car is recommended


The principal towns in the Cotswolds and their approximate distance to Lower Swell are:-

Stow on the Wold

Moreton in Marsh


Chipping Camden

Chipping Norton

Burford -

Cheltenham - 15 miles

Cirencester - 15 miles

Further Details:

Lower Swell has a highly regarded pub, the Golden Ball, which is located about 200 metres from the cottage. The thriving market town of Stow on the Wold is only a mile away where there is a Tesco supermarket and vast array of pubs and restaurants and lots of independent shops.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit $318.72

A 30% deposit is required to book the property with the balance and a £250 refundable damage deposit due 8 weeks prior to your first night's stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.